Panny digicams zoom into view

While the mobile phone world plunders Barcelona’s 3GSM conference for mobile news - our story's here - we’ve been panning for gold at Panasonic’s big

While the mobile phone world plunders Barcelona’s 3GSM conference for mobile news - our story's here - we’ve been panning for gold at Panasonic’s big annual conference in Lisbon. Among our best finds were these two new digicams – an astoundingly compact 10x zoomer, and an even smaller wide-angle lens shooter.

The 5MP DMC-TZ1 (above left) gets special praise for its powers of miniaturisation – it claims to be the world’s smallest 10x optical zoom camera, a boast we certainly can’t argue with. Purring away inside is a new Venus Engine III, which boosts battery life to 250 shots on a single charge and sits alongside an emergency 13.4MB internal memory stash.

If your photo albums are renowned for their blurred snaps, the TZ1 should help – there’s MEGA Optical Image Stabilisation to compensate for hand-shake, and a High Sensitivity mode which captures fast-moving objects at the expense of some resolution.

It may not offer the super-zooming of its Lumix sibling, but the 6MP DMC-FX01, on the right, has its own unique talent – a 28mm wide-angle lens, ideal for your signature panoramic shots. Sporting the same anti-blurring tech as the TZ1, it also lets you shoot video in wide aspect VGA at 30fps so you can get full screen movies even on your widescreen telly.

Both cameras will be hitting the UK imminently – the FX01 in March for £300, and the TZ1 in April for the same price. Check out Panasonic’s site for more info – we’ll have more updates on its other shiny new tech here soon.

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